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First World War 100th Anniversary

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I which engulfed the globe from 1914 to 1919. It has been estimated that 10 million died and another 20 million were wounded in the conflict. Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia on July 28, 1914 in response to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, on June 29. The "domino effect" of alliance obligations that ensued let to the inevitability of a global conflict, with Serbian ally Russia first declaring war on Austria-Hungary, and then Germany declaring war on Russia. Battles also took place in the Middle East. The United States eventually entered the war in 1917. Called the "war to end all wars" in reality, the peace treaty is believed by many historians to have set the stage for World War II.

A world undone: the story of the Great War, 1914-1918 by G.J. Meyer


To end all wars: a story of loyalty and rebellion, 1914- 1918 by Adam Hochschild


The real war, 1914-1918: with twenty-five maps by B.H. Liddell Hart


The First World War by Hew Strachan


The war that ended peace: the road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan


Catastrophe 1914: Europe goes to war by Max Hastings


July 1914: countdown to war by Sean McMeekin


The First World War: a concise global history by William Kelleher Storey


World War One: a short history by Norman Stone


Cataclysm: the First World War as political tragedy by David Stevenson


14-18, understanding the Great War by Stéphane Audoin- Rouzeau and Annette Becker ; translated from the French by Catherine Temerson


An illustrated history of the First World War by John Keegan


Daily life during World War I by Neil M. Heyman